Siena's physics degree focuses on active student participation in cutting-edge research. This hands-on experience, in addition to a demanding curriculum, teaches you how to think critically and prepares you for exciting careers in a broad range of fields.
Small class sizes
Dynamic, growing department
Commitment to exploring new and effective pedagogical techniques
Student travel (Puerto Rico, China, Greenland and more)
Access to computational cluster
Interdisciplinary work in biophysics, electrical engineering, and astrochemistry
Requirements for the Major
PHYS130 - General Physics I 4 credits
PHYS140 - General Physics II 4 credits
PHYS220 - Modern Physics 4 credits
PHYS250 - Intro to Computational Physics 3 credits
PHYS260 - Thermal Physics 3 credits
PHYS470 - Advanced Laboratory I 1 TO 3 credits
PHYS472 - Advanced Laboratory II 1 TO 2 credits
PHYS370 - Experimental Techniques 2 credits
PHYS380 - Observational Astronomy 3 credits
And students must complete 4 additional advanced courses (numbered 300 and above). Courses must total at least 13 credits. At least two of the courses must come from the following:
PHYS310 - Mechanics I 4 credits
PHYS410 - Electromagnetic Theory I 4 credits
PHYS440 - Quantum Physics 3 credits
Auxiliary courses (32 credits)
CHEM110 - General Chemistry 1 4 credits
MATH110 - Calculus I 4 credits
MATH120 - Calculus II 4 credits
MATH210 - Calculus III 4 credits
MATH325 - Differential Equations 3 credits
MATH330 - Intro to Applied Mathematics I 3 credits
SCDV230 - Electronic Instrumentation 4 credits
MATH230 - Linear Algebra 3 credits
MATH430 - Intro to Applied Math II 3 credits
One Computer Science Course, CSIS 110 or higher (3 credits)
Transfer students from two-year colleges may receive credit for General Physics I, II, Modern Physics, Thermal Physics, Calculus I, II, III, Differential Equations, General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II.
Pre-engineering students are advised to take General Physics I and II in the freshman year.
100% of recent graduates are employed or in graduate school
100% of students participate in an independent study or research project and 80% of students have received paid summer research internships
$4 million in active research grants was secured by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Defense and Department of Energy
The freshman retention rate is 94%
Understanding of the fundamental concepts and theories of physics.
Strong analytical skills and facility with mathematical modelling.
Demonstrated ability with laboratory equipment and techniques including computers as analytical and experimental tools.
Ability to analyse and interpret experimental data, and assess the statistical significance of results.
Aptitude for researching and clearly expressing scientific ideas using oral, visual and written communication.
Ability to evaluate the quality of scientific information.
Competence in designing, planning and conducting an independent research project.
Familiarity with the historical development of physics.
Recent Employers of our Graduates
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Southwest Research Institute
Unique Technical Services
U.S. Air Force
X-Ray Optical Systems
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
American Museum of Natural History
University of Vermont
University of Colorado, Boulder
Northern Arizona University
X-Ray Optical Systems
Where our Alumni Go to Graduate School
East Caroline University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
San Francisco State University
SUNY Polytechnic Institute Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
University of Connecticut
University of Maryland
University of Pennsylvania
University of Washington
Job Titles of Recent Graduates
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Quality Control Technician